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Some scale comparisons of civil and military aircraft

THE sizes of civil and military aircraft vary considerably according to the purposes for which they are designed. For purposes of comparison, examples of some of the main types are given in this diagram, which shows the plan and elevation drawn to scale. Approximate dimensions in feet can be ascertained by reference to the scale in the top right-hand corner of the diagram. The wing span of the Short Empire transoceanic flying boat, for instance, with the scale, shows this to represent about 112 feet, which is within 2 feet of 114 feet, the actual length of this aircraft. Similarly, the overall length of the Handley Page Heyford night bomber is shown to be 56 feet.

THE sizes of civil and military aircraft

[From Part 3, published 22 March 1938]

Sizes of Civil and Military Aircraft